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First Pics: South Asian eatery Kabobeesh, complete with hookah bar, opens tonight at 613 S. 4th St.

West Philly import Kabobeesh pulls the paper off the windows today to show off a renovation of the former Latest Dish and Fluid at 613 S. 4th St.

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It’s a family affair for brothers Omer and Samir Sabir, who co-own the restaurant with father Mohammad and business partner Asad Ghamman.

Samir says the menu is the same as the family’s beloved West Philly location, which has won over devotees since its opening in July 2000 with their tasty grilled kabobs. “We already have a good setup over there, so we came here to take over this part of the city,” Samir said with a smile.

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Just needs some decoration now

Another specialty is Karahi, a dish from their native Pakistan that’s similar to a curry and made in a traditional wok. The lamb version one can take up to 55 minutes to make, so either call ahead or head upstairs to the hookah bar. The downstairs seats about 30 people, upstairs another 20 or so.

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Menus are on video screens

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The restaurant and hookah operation are both BYOB, and Samir proudly noted that one price per hookah gets you unlimited tobacco from a selection of about 20 flavors. So you can bring food upstairs, hang out and drink on the cheap for as long as you like.

The hookah portion of the festivities isn’t quite ready yet but should be shortly, Samir said.

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Upstairs hookah bar, taken from was the DJ booth in Fluid

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Find them on Facebook here. Hours will likely be 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.

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One Response to First Pics: South Asian eatery Kabobeesh, complete with hookah bar, opens tonight at 613 S. 4th St.

  1. T Michael December 14, 2013 at 5:29 am #

    I can’t wait to try it out. Would love someone to contact me about having an event there.

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